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The setting for this book is the networked community. The treatment of the subject matter is broad and interdisciplinary, with contributions from computer science, sociology, design, human factors and communication technology.
The chapter contributors, drawn from across Europe and North America, offer a varied prospectus of commentary, critique, sociological enquiry, technological development and research findings, which provides a rounded account of the progressive intermingling of social and electronic networks.
The contributors discuss the ways in which the Internet affects both familial and social relationships, communal and civic involvement, social capital and work patterns and lifestyle. Civic intelligence is presented as a nascent concept from which future social networks of increased public advocacy, scrutiny and action may be sourced. Other reported developments include agent-based community systems to model and support communal memory and social knowledge.
The opening section provides a purview of the broad scene covered by the book, followed by discussions about the current state of connected communities. Following this there are case studies illustrating the different aspects of research, both sociological and technological, in this area. The final part reports the variety and the scope of technology-mediated human-to-human communication in a connected community setting today.
Patrick Purcell is a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, where he is a member of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Communities - Community - Internet - Social Net - Social Network - Social Networks - ambient intelligence - communication - computer - digital - technology
List of Contributors A: NETWORKS & NEIGHBOURS
Chap 1 : 'Networked Neighbourhoods: A Purview' - Patrick Purcell B: CONNECTED COMMUNITY
Chap 2: 'Community Practice in the Network Society: Pathways Toward Civic Intelligence' - Peter Day and Douglas Schuler
Chap 3: 'Social Networks & the Nature of Communities' - Howard Rheingold
Chap 4: 'Community Informatics for Community Development: Hope or Hype?' - William Pitkin
Chap 5: 'Knowledge and the Local Community' - Alan McCluskey
Chap 6: 'Connected Memories in a Networked Digital Era : a moving paradigm' - Federico Casalegno
Chap 7: 'Community and Communication: A rounded perspective' - Jennifer Kayahara C: THE RESEARCH IMPETUS
Chap 8: 'Connected Lives: the project' - Barry Wellman and Bernie Hogan with Kristen Berg, Jeffrey Boase, Juan-Antonio Carrasco, Rochelle Côté, Jennifer Kayahara, Tracy L. M. Kennedy and Phuoc Tran
Chap 9: 'The Impact of the Internet on Local and Distant Social Ties' - A. Kavanaugh, T.T. Zin, M.B. Rosson and J.M. Carroll
Chap 10: 'The Magic Lounge: Connecting Island Communities Through Varied Communication Services' - Thomas Rist, Niels Ole Bernsen, Jean-Claude Martin
Chap 11: 'The Digital Hug: Enhancing Emotional Communication Through Creative Scenarios' - Verena Seibert Giller, Manfred Tscheligi, Reinhard Sefelin, Anu Kankainen
Chap 12: 'Ambient Intelligence: Human - Agent Interactions in a Networked Community' - Kostas Stathis, Oscar de Bruijn, Robert Spence, Patrick Purcell D: MEDIATED HUMAN COMMUNICATION
Chap 13: 'Beyond Communication: Human Connectedness as a Research Agenda' - Stefan Agamanolis
Chap 14: 'Presence: helping older people to engage with their local communities' - William Gaver, Jacob Beaver
Chap 15: 'Enhancing Community Communication: the role of interactive displays in comparable settings' - Antonietta Grasso, Frederic Roulland, Dave Snowdon
Chap 16: 'Serving Visitor Communities: AMediated Experience of the Arts' - Patrizia Marti, Gregory O’Hare, Michael O'Grady, Massimo Zancanaro, Elena Not, Alberto Bianchi, Mick O’Donnell